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Music Must Continue

We Got Rhythm!

Newberry Tanks is a proud Gold Level Sponsor for Stax Music Academy, a program of the Soulsville Foundation, which also operates the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Founded in 2000, the Academy is celebrating 20 years of equipping young musicians with the skills they need to excel in music, as well as leadership training. In addition to our sponsorship, Newberry Tanks is proud to support Stax Music Academy’s #MusicMustContinue campaign by matching every donation made during the week of August 3 up to $5,000!

COVID-19 has forced many organizations — including Stax Music Academy — to go virtual. Simultaneously, many schools are slashing their budgets for the arts, so Stax Music Academy is now providing free virtual workshops and classes for all students in Shelby County to those without. The music must continue for these young students. Together, we can be a lifeline for kids across Memphis and Shelby County, making music education accessible regardless of their ability to pay.

Why is Newberry investing in a Memphis music academy? Read on.

Newberry Employee of the Year 1946: B.B. King

In 1946, Newberry Tanks was a thriving supplier of oil tanks and equipment thanks to hard work, quality products, reliable delivery times, and intentional innovation. But that year, Newberry was also the employer of legendary blues guitarist Booker (Bukka) White, and his young second cousin…none other than the ‘King of the Blues’ himself, B.B. King.

The story goes like this: Bukka worked for founder Jimmy Newberry at Newberry Tanks long before he became a celebrity, his skills as welder as deft as his skills on a guitar. After a stint in prison, Bukka needed a job and went back to see Jimmy. Bukka was expecting a no, but Jimmy hired him back, believing everyone deserves a second chance.

One day Bukka arrived home to find his young cousin, Riley King, asleep on his stoop. Going by “Blues Boy” (soon to become B.B.), the King of the Blues was barely more than a teenager. He’d hitched all the way from Mississippi, in the hope his famous cousin would introduce him to the Memphis music scene. Bukka not only did that, but introduced him to Jimmy so he could support himself. Together, Bukka and B.B. welded by day at Newberry, and set fire to Memphis blues scene at night.

Bukka never forgot the kindness Jimmy Newberry had shown him and his young cousin: he stayed with the company the rest of his career. B.B. left Newberry to become a musical legend.

The Music Must Continue

Today Newberry Tanks is committed to continuing Jimmy’s legacy of supporting musicians in recognition of and respect for the talents and craftmanship of our current and former employees.

Making music just got a little harder, while playing a key role in keeping us all going through these hard times. The music must indeed continue. Here at Newberry, we are #StrongAsSteel” and we intend to help make sure these kids, the community, and the world at large can foster and enjoy the music. Join us in supporting and celebrating the work this wonderful academy is doing. And be sure to tune in for their music online! They can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Help us in supporting this worthy cause! You can donate here.

Newberry's SlimLine Tank is The People's Choice at the American Business Awards®

Looking Slim! Newberry Tanks’ SlimLine Tank is The People’s Choice at the American Business Awards®

WEST MEMPHIS, AR, July 28, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — The votes at the American Business Awards are in, and with more than 87,000 public ballots cast worldwide, Newberry Tank and Equipment’s “SlimLine” steel tank won the People’s Choice Stevie® for New Industrial Product.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. Newberry received a slew of accolades this year including Gold for Company of the Year, Achievement in Management and Business Technology, in addition to a bronze for the SlimLine Tank from judges.

But there’s no win, place or show when it comes to the People’s Choice. It’s a winner take all award, and the public has spoken: the SlimLine Tank is the choice of the year.

Designed with input from Lube Industry giants and crafted by welders whose work at Newberry spans generations, the SlimLine is available in single wall or double wall construction and fits through a standard doorway. The steel tank features robotic welds with a folded clamshell construction for rigidity, as well as even weight distribution, and fork skids for mobility. Newberry received orders from no less than five household name brands within the first month of production.

Newberry CEO Chris Long commented, “We want to thank our craftsmen for creating the SlimLine, as well as the lube industry for their input. We’d like to thank everyone for voting for us. It’s an honor, and a true testament to how our New Thinking policy – listening to our customers and innovating based on their needs – can impact so many in a positive way.”

Winners of the crystal People’s Choice Stevie Awards, as well as all other winners in the 18th ABAs, will be celebrated during a virtual awards ceremony on August 5.

Media inquiries regarding this release should be directed to publicist Kathleen Hannon (704) 912-0209 or via email at khannongb@aol.com.

About Newberry Tanks

For more than 90 years, award-winning Newberry Tank and Equipment has been manufacturing quality aboveground and underground steel tanks for the American Supply Chain and every branch of the U.S. military. The “Think Tank” of Oil and Petroleum storage, Newberry Tanks is intent on innovation: offering tanks on demand, dedicated customer service, turnkey solutions, and the fastest delivery in the country. *Ask about our Preferred Customer Program

About the American Business Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.


NEWBERRY TANKS’ ‘NEW THINKING’ RECEIVES MULTIPLE HONORS AT THE AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS®

GOLD AWARD for Company of the Year – Metals and Mining
GOLD AWARD Achievement in Management – Manufacturing
GOLD AWARD New Product & Service – Business Technology – Manufacturing – Tank Calculator


BRONZE AWARD New Product Industrial Products & Services – SlimLine Tank


West Memphis, AR May 18, 2020 – Today the American Business Awards® announced that oil and petroleum storage supplier Newberry Tanks LLC is the winner of a slew of accolades including:

Newberry received the highest honors for “Achievement in Management” due to their bold ‘New Thinking’ philosophy and practices in 2019. Defying near-century long industry norms, Newberry started offering steel tanks on-demand, turnkey solutions, expedited shipping as well as a new product to the under-served Lube Market. The combination resulted in growth that was 52% higher than industry average.

Equally impressive was Newberry’s gold medal for their industry-first “Tank Calculator,” which won for “New Product in Business Technology Manufacturing.” The free application assists oil refuelers with measuring available capacity inside a tank when refueling. The result is an 87% recurring percentage reduction in time spent on each delivery, as well as prevention of environmentally damaging accidental spills.

Newberry’s “SlimLine” steel tank took the bronze for “New Industrial Product.” Designed with input from Lube industry giants, the innovative design resulted in orders from five household name brands within the first month of production and resulted in a 47% increase in sales from this vertical market.

The Gold for “Company of the Year in Metals and Mining” was the crowning achievement that encompassed all of Newberry’s intentional innovation efforts in 2019 and assured that the company is well and truly the “Think Tank of Oil and Petroleum Storage” for years to come.

Newberry Tanks CEO Chris Long commented, “We’d like to thank the judges at the American Business Awards, our clients, and most of all, our team here at Newberry. These awards represent the tremendous craftsmanship, dedication, and skill that you bring to work every day, even in the face of the most trying circumstances. We couldn’t have done it without you, you are truly “Strong as Steel.” We look forward to continuing ‘New Thinking’ in 2020, as we seek new ways to overcome the challenges our country faces.”

Media inquiries regarding this release should be directed to publicist Kathleen Hannon (704) 912-0209 or via email at khannongb@aol.com.

About Newberry Tanks

For more than 90 years, award-winning Newberry Tank and Equipment has been manufacturing quality aboveground and underground steel tanks for the American Supply Chain and every branch of the U.S. military. The “Think Tank” of Oil and Petroleum storage, Newberry Tanks is intent on innovation: offering tanks on demand, dedicated customer service, turnkey solutions, and the fastest delivery in the country. *Ask about our Preferred Customer Program 

About the American Business Awards®
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

Newberry Tanks and Memphis-based Stax Music Academy Announce Sponsorship

West Memphis, AR May 7, 2020 – Today Newberry Tanks LLC and the Memphis-based Stax Music Academy jointly announced that Newberry is a new Gold Level Sponsor for several programs of the academy. The sponsorship will enable talented children and young adults to receive musical training and mentorship at Stax. 

The brainchild of Memphis business professionals, philanthropists, and former Stax Records artists and founded in conjunction with the adjacent Stax Museum of American Soul Music at the original site of Stax Records, the Stax Music Academy is now celebrating its 20th anniversary as both an institute that offers intensive music education and youth development programming.

The investment holds special meaning for Newberry Tanks as well. 

Newberry Tanks CEO Chris Long commented, “As a Memphis company, we feel we have a responsibility to uphold the tradition started by our founder, Jimmy Newberry, in supporting the blues and blues musicians. Not many people know this, but back in the 1940’s, Newberry Tanks employed Bukka White and B.B. King as welders, even though Bukka was newly released from prison and King had no experience as a welder. Full-time employment wasn’t always easy to find in post-war Memphis, but Jimmy believed in them both, and by enabling them with full-time employment, he helped enable them to give the gift of their music to the world.”

Long continued, “Great music is a gift that never ages, while great talent is rare and frequently in need of support. We have watched the students at the Stax Music Academy for years and we’ve decided it’s our duty to get involved. We look forward to a great partnership with the Stax Music Academy for many years to come.”

According to Stax Music Academy Executive Director Pat Mitchell, “The Stax Music Academy is always appreciative of corporate support and sponsorships, but this new partnership with Newberry Tanks holds a special place for us because of their involvement in the rich history of Memphis music, which is the core of what we teach, study, and perform. Blues and rhythm and blues are genres in which our students excel, so it’s only fitting that the company that once employed B.B. King and Bukka White are now supporting the Stax Music Academy.”

About Newberry

For more than 90 years, award-winning Newberry Tank and Equipment has been manufacturing quality aboveground and underground steel tanks for the American Supply Chain and every branch of the U.S. military. The “Think Tank” of Oil and Petroleum storage, Newberry Tanks is intent on innovation: offering tanks on demand, dedicated customer service, turnkey solutions, and the fastest delivery in the country. *Ask about our Preferred Customer Program 

About Stax Music Academy

Founded in June 2000, the Stax Music Academy inspires young people and enhances their academic, cognitive, performance, and leadership skills by utilizing music with an intense focus on the rich legacy and tradition of Stax Records. It exists to nurture and present the next generation of great Soul Communicators from the greater Soulsville region, holistically equipping them to excel and to impact the world through the universal language of music.